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FORT KUCHESAR,RAO RAJ VILAS,BULANDSHAHAR just 41 km from MEERUT .

FORT KUCHESAR,RAO RAJ VILAS,BULANDSHAHAR just 41 km from MEERUT . Fort Kuchesar is located in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh ,approximately 84.3 kilometers(52.4 miles )east of Delhi. A formidable estate in Mughal era because of its strategic location on Ganges in route connecting the Badshah of delhi to two main centres of power in those days i.e Oudh and Rampur . Ruled by the erstwhile Founder Ramdhan Singh and established its might by Rao Bahadur Raja Gulab Singh ji and perpetual successors. History of Kuchesar’s Rulers ————————————— The ruling family of kuchesar belongs to the Dalal clan of Jats –founded by the descendants of Dalle –a prominent Jat personality of ‘Mandoti’ in Haryana. In the lineage of Dalle (i.e.in the Dalal clan) was born a certain. Bhual .He and his three brothers came and settled in the area of Kuchesar more than 300 years ago Bhual’s great grandsons Magni Ram and Ramdhan Singh were granted the Jagir of Kuchesar and the title of ‘Rao Bahadur’ by the Mughal ruler Najib-ud-Daulah. In 1794 the lease was made perpetual by Shah Alam- Mogul emperor of Delhi and confirmed again in 1803 by the British government. As a result of his unparalleled influence & might in the area, a descendant of the clan – Rao Gulab Singh was granted the title of ‘Raja Bahadur’ and revenue rights for the jagir. Rao Bahadur Rao Girraj Singh, the grand father of the present owner Kunwar Ajit Singh ji in perpetuity was the last member of the family to have held the title and revenue rights. ‘Rao Raj Vilas’ draws its name from the titles conferred on the family to celebrate their heritage . Copies of the official documents conferring the above titles and rights are on display in the photo galleries at the fort. History of the Structure ————————————- The Kuchesar Fort – is the home of 300 yrs stands testimony to the conquests of generations of the family. The eighteenth century edifice, an imposing structure-was built by Rao Ramdhan Singh, with the conferment of the Jagir in 1734. When his brother and he extended their sway by seizing many other villages & vast tracts of land. Afrabsyab Khan, the governor of Koyal, attacked Kuchesar. He used foul ways to conquer and succeeded Though the fort stood as a formidable adversary to the ravages of Nature it succumbed to the evil mind & greed of man. The Jat brothers recovered the fort in 1782 .Since then, the Kuchesar fort has remained in possession of the family. Later some sections were added by other members of the family and the fort was raised to its present glory. Present Owners of The Fort ————————————— Kunwar Ajit Singh ji is the present owner of the fort. With his wife kunwrani Nirlap kaur and his two sons kunwar Anantjit singh & choti sarkar kunwar Anekjit singh he looks after the concerns of the villagers his family once ruled over. Together they have restored a section of the Fort and rechristened it ‘Rao Raj Vilas’ to continue the family tradition of receiving and entertaining guests at Kuchesar and to revive interest in the region that has given them their identity. His Grand Father Rao Bahadur Rao Giriaj Singh, the last member of the family to have held the title of ‘Rao Bahadur’ of Kuchesar, married into the royal family of Bhadhaur in Punjab and became a devout follower of Sikhism. Since then the family members have been devoted Sikhs. The present owner and his family reflect in their everyday living a harmonious confluence of both Jat and Sikh cultures which flavors even in the cuisine served to the resident guests. Family has been working relentlessly over two decades now to restore this four century old citadel which got ruined in family fueds to restore it back to previous days of glory, they work hard to take care of each guest who comes to stay with them to the extent that even delicacies from the old family recipe are cooked under supervision of lady of the house to serve to the guests . I personally am blessed to have seen the transformation from once dilapidated structure it used to be not way back to a pleasant getaway. All praise to the family and the hardwork they have put in to make it a place where each one would like to spend his dream holidays . The Fort Reminds You Of Strong Determination & Efforts And Proves The Notion ——— “The Greatest Plan Is Worthless Without The Greatest Actions Behind It” Kuchesar Fort, Rao Raj Vilas Kuchesar Rd, Kuchesar, Uttar Pradesh 203402 Amananek Singh Charu Singh

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